Shahrivar 26 1400 - September 17 2021
The 2022 Nowruz Street Banner Contest

Farhang Foundation is calling on graphic artists worldwide to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang's annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles. Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners and other marketing material that will proudly promote Farhang's 13th Annual Nowruz Celebration at UCLA throughout prominent boulevards of Los Angeles in February and March of 2022. 9/3/21

Photos: Harvesting hazelnuts in Qazvin, Iran

Qazvin province is the second-largest hazelnut producer in the country after Gilan. The harvesting season of hazelnuts has started. There are about 16,000 fertile hazelnut trees in more than 70 villages in the Rudbar region of Alamut. -Farhad Safari, Mehr 8/31/21

Exhibition by Collective for Black Iranians -- Hasteem: We Are Here

Hasteem is an exhibition produced by the Collective for Black Iranians to raise awareness on the intersection of being Black, African/of African descent and Iranian. The Collective invites the global community to embark on a journey of understanding the different segments that make up who we are. The Collective affirms the interconnectedness between Blackness and the Iranian identity. 8/23/21

Photos: Holding mourning ceremonies on night of Ashura

Iranians held mourning ceremonies on the night of Ashura, on Wednesday night, August 18, in different cities of Iran. Ashura is the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (PBUH), the third Shiite Imam, and his 72 disciples martyred in a battle known as the 'Battle of Karbala' on October 10, 680 AD. -ISNA 8/19/21

Iranian composer Hormoz Farhat Passes Away

CMC is deeply saddened by the passing of composer and former Chair of Music at Trinity College Dublin Hormoz Farhat. Born in Tehran in 1928, Professor Farhat passed away at his home in Dublin on Monday, 16 August 2021, at age 93. As a composer, Hormoz wrote a significant body of works, including numerous orchestral works, six string quartets and other chamber music works, choral works, concertos for piano, flute and clarinet and many works across a spectrum of instruments and voice. -CMC 8/18/21

Race and ethnicity: Shining a spotlight on Iran's Black community

Iran is home to a colourful array of ethnicities: Persians, Arabs, Azeris, Kurds, Baluchis, Lurs and a group that's less talked about: the Black African community. While we have no verified figures, according to some reports, there are more than tens of thousands of Black Iranians living in a number of cities. -Sanam Shantyaei, France24 7/26/21

Iran launches matchmaking app as fertility rates fall

Iran, facing a fall in fertility rates, has launched a state-approved matchmaking app to promote marriages in the Islamic country which restricts contact between unrelated men and women. Hamdam (Companion), developed by a state-affiliated Islamic cultural body, requires users to verify their identity and carries out psychological compatibility tests and gives advice for young singles seeking a marriage partner. -Reuters 7/21/21

Photos: Traditional wedding ceremony in Sar Agha Seyed village, Iran

The wedding ceremony is held in Sar Agha Seyed village of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, Iran with special rituals. This ceremony lasts for several days. Almost all of the villagers are invited to the wedding ceremony. -Zahra Mirzafarjouyan, Mehr 7/19/21

Iran unveils Islamic dating app to encourage marriage

Iran has unveiled an Islamic dating application aimed at facilitating "lasting and informed marriage" for its youth. Called Hamdam - Farsi for "companion" - the service allows users to "search for and choose their spouse", state-run television said on Monday. -Al Jazeera 7/13/21

These Iranian Fisherwomen Are Trying to Make History

Every day at dawn, fisherwomen from the tiny island of Hengam in Iran nudge their daughters into small boats. The currents are often overwhelmingly strong, but for these women, braving rough waves isn't just about finding their catch of the day. It's how mothers groom their daughters to face life in the community. Hengam is one of the only islands in Iran where women set out to sea without men. -VICE 6/23/21

Iran Is Too Often Viewed Through the Lens of Our Rulers. Try Looking Through the Eyes of Our People

No child should lose a mother because the hospital suddenly runs out of blood; no father should feel ashamed for not being able to put food on the table in a country as rich as Iran; and no college graduate should live with the constant anxiety of finding work, let alone surviving in their own homeland. Yet this describes the reality of living in Iran in 2021. -Tara Kangarlou, TIME 6/18/21

One Ahwazi man's mission to preserve Arab cultural identity in Iran

The culture of the 1.6 million Ahwazi Arabs in Iran has been brought to popular and presidential attention by the Missan organisation. As the founder and director of Missan, Hamadi, a musician by profession, seeks to protect the cultural heritage of Iran's Arabs, whose 1.6 million people comprise just under two percent of Iran's population of 83 million. -Maedeh Sharifi, MEE 6/14/21

30M Records talks 'This is Tehran?' and Iranian music's global potential

Hamburg-based label 30M Records was founded in 2020 by Matthias Koch with the aim of helping Iranian musicians to release their music globally, at a time when economic sanctions mean artists and labels there cannot deal directly with digital music services in the US or Europe. The label's first compilation album 'RAAZ' came out last year, and this week its second release drops. 'This is Tehran?' focuses on current Iranian composers and musicians working across a range of genres, from classical and jazz to electronica. -Music Ally 6/4/21

Iranian superwomen's career experiences: a qualitative study

Superwoman refers to the identity of a woman who performs several important roles simultaneously and full-time, such as being a wife, mother, and homemaker while holding a job. This study aims to examine the career experiences of Iranian superwomen who maintained their mental health while holding multiple roles. -Maryam Nosrati Beigzadeh, et al, BMC 6/1/21

An exquisite new exhibition brings home my long obsession with Iran

I like the way life works in circles, taking you back to where you began. Last Tuesday, I was invited to the opening of the V&A's exhibition, Epic Iran, an event so thrilling for me that not even the sight of Oliver Dowden could dent my mood (distracted by a famous photograph of a girl making a bubble with her gum, I managed not to accost the culture secretary, keen though I am to know what he plans to do about the nation's beleaguered musicians, who now need visas to tour in Europe). -Rachel Cooke, Guardian 5/31/21

Young Iranians find freedom in wild camping

Since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution there have been no nightclubs or bars where young Iranians can meet and socialise. Strict families and the Islamic regime also forbid sexual relations before marriage. Chafing at the restrictions and seeing no chance of substantive change, a new generation is escaping overzealous conservative relatives and official restrictions by heading into the wilderness. -Najmeh Bozorgmehr, FT 5/25/21

Rediscovering Iranian food: Ghormeh Sabzi

I recently read a review comparing the old standard cookbooks used in Iran to more recent cookbooks written by Iranians in the diaspora, and it made me think a lot about my own relationship with Iranian food and cooking. My parents immigrated to the United States from Iran when I was a teenager, and like many immigrant children growing up in the US, the food I ate at home (and occasionally took with me to school) was entirely different from the food of my peers. -Parastou Hassouri, Mada 5/24/21

Photos: Making rag dolls - Tajmir village revives old tradition

Sarbisheh is one of the counties of South Khorasan Province. Women living in Sarbisheh have revived the old tradition of making rag dolls. There is a village in this county called Tajmir, which has changed from an unknown village into the center of doll-making in less than three years. Doll-making has completely changed people's lives in this village, and they no longer seek to migrate to cities. -Amir Madadipour, ISNA 5/21/21

Passage Through the Zagros

True to an ancient way of life, a family in Iran makes a treacherous seasonal migration across the mountains. The Zagros mountains, in Western Iran, stretch for nearly 1,000 miles, from the sands of the Persian Gulf northwest along the modern border with Iraq and Turkey, separating the plains of Mesopotamia from the expanse of the Iranian plateau. -Smithsonian Magazine 5/19/21

A Modern Take on Iran's Ancient Beer Heritage

The name Back Home Beer might elicit pastoral visions of American fields of grain. For some, it may reinforce the idea of craft beer as a farm-to-table product. The founder of the Brooklyn-based brewery, Zahra Tabatabai, shares those sentiments, but she has a different home in mind. The former television executive created Back Home after she heard about recipes written by her grandfather, a brewer in prerevolutionary Iran. -Martin Johnson, Wine Enthusiast 5/19/21

'Iranian culture has huge depths and continues to be relevant today'

Five thousand years of Iranian art goes on show at the V&A this month. A private collector who lent many of the works reveals what light these treasures cast on the country. The Sarikhani Collection is one of the most extraordinary and significant assemblies of art in Britain, if not the world. It comprises, in all its magnificence, some 1,000 items: ceramics, metalwork, textiles and manuscripts that together tell the long and wondrous story of Iran and its culture from 3000BC until the 18th century. -Rachel Cooke, Guardian 5/17/21

Iran: How transgender people survive ultraconservative rule

Iran's state subsidizes gender reassignment surgery while prohibiting homosexuality. A long and continuing history of activism has helped transgender people bolster their community despite the discrimination they face. -DW 5/17/21

Iranian vocalist Abdolvahab Shahidi dies at 99

Iranian singer and composer Abodolvahab Shahidi, who was also an oud and santur virtuoso, died of heart failure at Tehran's Resalat Hospital on Monday. He was 99. Born in Meimeh, a small town near the central Iranian city of Isfahan, Shahidi began learning songs and playing the oud and santur from maestro Esmaeil Mehrtash. 5/13/21

Photos: Dedicated Iranian teacher holds classes on prairies during pandemic

Kolsoom Faqiri, 39, is a teacher who works in an elementary school in Chaharchenar village, suburb of Gorgan, the capital of northern Golestan province in Iran. Since the outbreak of coronavirus and despite suffering from heart disease, Faqiri has held classes on vast plains and prairies near her house on a regular basis. This dedicated teacher is standing on her feet for long hours, against the advice of physicians, since her students cannot afford buying smartphones or tablets to attend classes online. 5/7/21

#31DaysIBPOC: In Pursuit of Asymmetry and the Collective

The Persian kilim rug where I sit cross-legged with my toddler each morning is handwoven and colored with vegetable dyes in Shiraz, where my mother is from, where the dusty Zagros mountains tower above her childhood memories. Years ago, this kilim was folded thrice and smashed into a battered suitcase, lugged across three continents from plane to plane amid pouches of spice mix my great-aunt blends in her sweltering Bahraini kitchen. The artifacts we keep tell a story. -Nawal Qcasiano, NQC Literacy 5/7/21

Pieces of Iran: My heart became whole in Iran

When I was 11, my mother sewed cash into the pocket of my pants and steeled herself against tears as she and my father prepared me to fly alone across the world for the summer. They didn't have the money or the time off work, but they wanted me to know myself. So with two suitcases full of soqaty for relatives I hadn't seen since I was two, I boarded the plane, remembering to be brave. -Nawal Qcasiano, NQC Literacy 4/16/21

Atlanta Film Festival picks five films from Iran

Five movies from Iranian filmmakers will be screened at the 45th edition of the Atlanta Film Festival. "African Violet" by Mona Zandi-Haghighi will go on screen at the main section of the festival. "Eyes and Arms" by Panahbarkhoda Rezai will be screened at the documentary section of the festival. The festival will also screen Iranian shorts "Crab" by Shiva Sadeq-Asadi, "The Doll" by Elahe Esmaeili, and "Spotted Yellow" by Baran Sarmad. 4/14/21

Child Adoption Up 10 Percent In Iran

Child adoption has increased in the country by 10 percent, following the actions taken to speed up the process, Habibollah Masoudi-Farid, deputy head of the Welfare Organization, has stated. Following the Law on Protection of Children and Adolescents in [the Iranian calendar year] 1392 (March 2013-March 2014), adaption experienced an upward trend. 4/13/21

Tablecloth weaving in Mazandaran villages

Some women in the Iranian province of Mazandaran are still weaving traditional tablecloths as a way to make a living. Mazandaran Province is located along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea and in the adjacent Central Alborz mountain range, in central-northern Iran. -Hava Ahmadi, Mehr 4/12/21

A TOUR OF IRAN - Symphony Concert and Cultural Festival

Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and Iranian instrumentalists Pejman Hadadi and Masoud Rezaei join the New West Symphony on this musical voyage (April 8-11). GRAMMY-winning Artistic and Music Director Michael Christie leads the orchestra in western classical masterworks by Handel, Rameau, Gounod, and the timeless overture to Mozart's Magic Flute. -Farhang Foundation 4/9/21

Iranians mark Nature Day outdoors despite COVID-19 restrictions

To prevent the spread of coronavirus, and by order of Coronavirus Prevention and Combat Headquarters, authorities closed all parks and public places in Iran on April 2 and imposed severe penalties for picnicking. However, desite the official orders and warnings, Iranians across the country gathered outdoors on Friday to celebrate Sizdah-Bedar, the traditional Persian festival of nature. 4/2/21

Concert: Pacific Symphony and Farhang Foundation's Virtual Nowruz Celebration

Celebrate Nowruz with the prestigious Pacific Symphony partnership with the Farhang Foundation. A traditional festival that marks the beginning of spring, Nowruz is a time to celebrate the "rebirth of nature" and wash away the past. Guest artists include pianist and composer Shardad Rohani, guitarist Lily Afshar, vocalist Sara Hamidi, and Sohrab Pournazeri improvising on the tanbour from Tehran, Iran. 4/1/21

Bahman Mohassess shaped Iranian modernism-and buried his own legacy

Bahman Mohassess is considered Iran's most important modernist, and has been dubbed the "Persian Picasso." But for nearly five decades of his career, he lived outside the public eye in Italy, and his countrymen even thought he was dead. Now, however, there is no missing the many contributions of Mohassess, who is best known for his paintings of anthropomorphic figures that allude to international political conflict. -Angelica Villa, Art News 4/1/21

Photos: Happiness Carnival in Hamedan, Iran

The photo album depicts Happiness Nowruz Carnival in Hamedan Province, Iran. The Carnival performs different programs in Hamadan city's main streets to create happiness for travelers and citizens. -Adel Bakhoda, IRNA 3/29/21

Nowruz celebration in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one of over a dozen countries that celebrate the 3000-year tradition of Nowruz. This is how Afghan people observe the tradition. You might be surprised but Christmas is not the only new year tradition which is observed across the world; Nowruz is, too. -Marjohn Sheikhi, Mehr 3/26/21

Photos: Tombs of Iranian poets Sa'di, Hafez during Norooz holidays

The tombs of Sa'di and Hafez in Shiraz, two famous poets of Iranian poetry and literature, are two of the top tourists destinations in Iran. Every year the tombs are visited by a great number of enthusiasts and tourists during Persian New Year holidays. -Amin Berenjkar, Mehr 3/25/21

Persian New Year: Learning the traditions behind Nowruz & what it means to the Austin community

In the cycle of seasons through Earth, the second the sun crosses the vernal equator marks the start of Nowruz. In Austin, Nowruz began on Saturday, March 20 at 4:37 a.m. this year. The celebration is 13 days long and follows the succession of a variety of different rituals and customs to mark the beginning of spring. -Ashley Miznazi, KXAN 3/23/21

Celebrating spring with Iranian food in Florence and Tuscany

Spring solstice has just arrived, which corresponds with Persian New Year, celebrated by more than ten countries from the "-stans" (Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, etc.) to Albania and by several ethnic groups not just in Iran by Iranians. Italy is home to several international communities, including a modest Iranian population of over 12,000, according to the country's office for statistics, ISTAT. -The Florentine 3/22/21

How Iranians Celebrate Persian New Year In COVID Times

It is for the second consecutive year that the novel coronavirus keeps families apart on eve of the Iranian New Year. This Norooz, or "new day" in Persian, starting on Saturday, ushers in the Iranian year 1400. The ancient celebration of the vernal equinox marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere; the moment when the length of day and night are almost equal. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 3/19/21

How different countries celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year

The UN has marked 21 March as International Nowruz Day - a celebration of spring and the connection between humans and nature. Here, we look at the similarities between, and peculiarities across, the nations that commemorate this ancient rite. -Farida Zeynalova, National Geographic 3/19/21

Though (Mostly) Indoors, Persian New Year Celebrations Endure

There's an old saying in Iran, a land quite fond of ancient sayings. The gist of it is: You'd think that the most opportune time to rob a house is during the Persian New Year, when Iranians vacate their homes, sometimes for days at a time. There's only one problem. All the thieves are out celebrating as well. -Roben Farzad, Wine Magazine 3/19/21

For One Persian Restaurant in SF, Nowruz Is a Time to Feed Students in Need

This weekend, at least 200 low-income Oakland students and their families will sit down to enjoy a Nowruz, or Persian New Year, meal: turmeric-tinged rice, a salad with pomegranate-molasses dressing, and the Persian-style "meatloaf" preparation known as kebab digi-all provided for free courtesy of Komaaj, a popular Northern Iranian restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District. -KQED 3/19/21

Najmieh's Persian Pantry

Nowruz begins on Saturday March 20. Celebrate Persian New Year with a feast, guided by "the grande dame of Persian cooking," Najmieh Batmanglij, using the ingredients in her Persian pantry. 3/19/21

Celebrate Persian New Year with this celebratory Nowruz dish

Many holidays of cultural significance are celebrated with food, and Nowruz is no different. Also known as Persian New Year, it kicks off on the vernal equinox, or first day of spring - this year, that's March 20 - and spans 13 days. -Amy Chyan, Toronto Star 3/18/21

Gooz Fish

I've got two of four children in the car on an ambitious adventure to bring home a goldfish for the Persian New Year, which is exactly one week away. Every year around this time, as Nowruz approaches, the onset of immigrant-daughter guilt percolates. Will I gather the items for this year's sofreh-haft-seen? Yes woman, rally. I have to, I want to. -Nawal Qarooni Casiano, nqc literacy 3/18/21

Photos: Norooz elements in Mashhad

With Persian New Year Norooz approaching, to celebrate the occasion, special cultural installations have been placed throughout the city of Mashhad in northeast Iran. Norooz begins precisely with the beginning of spring on vernal equinox, which this year will be on March 20th. This is also a special year since it is the Iranian year 1400. -Hassan Mirpour, Mehr 3/18/21

Celebrate the delight of the coming Persian New Year Norooz!

Celebrate the delight of the coming Persian New Year - Norooz! Learn about Persian history from OI scholars, play ancient board games, and attend storytime. Downloadable activities to celebrate from home will also be available, including making your own stamp seal, OI collection scavenger hunts, and more! Live on Zoom Friday, March 19, 2021!-Oriental Institute 3/18/21

North Shore's Iranian community celebrates new year with fun virtual event

The North Shore's Iranian community has celebrated one of its much-loved calendar events a little differently this year, holding an online Zoom gathering to mark Norouz. In light of the continued COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Nassreen Filsoof, president of the Canadian Iranian Foundation, said for the second year in a row the organization had put its annual Iranian new year events on hold. -North Shore News 3/17/21

Fire festival incidents kill 10, injure hundreds in Iran

Mishaps during an annual fire festival in Iran have left at least 10 people dead and hundreds more injured around the country, state TV reported Wednesday. The annual festival begins on the Tuesday before Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, which will be celebrated on Saturday this year. -AP 3/17/21

Black Iranian heritage: Emerging from the shadows

A new generation of Black and Afro-Iranians are revitalising their distinct histories and culture. The exact number of Black and Afro-Iranians is not known. Their ancestry is linked to either the Trans-Saharan slave trade, the 19th century Pearl Diving trade, or more recent economic migration from Iran and African countries to the West for example. -Adama Munu, TRT World 3/17/21

Norooz Spring Dance

The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents Norooz Spring Dance to celebrate the arrival of the Persian New Year, Norooz. Norooz is a celebration of nature, music, and movement. No matter where you are in the world, we want to bring Norooz to your home. -March 19 at 6:00 pm (PST) 3/16/21

Nowruz, the Persian New Year makes a fresh start with spring

The New Year's celebration of our Gregorian calendar makes no logical sense. Nothing new happens on January 1 - as January 1, 2021, demonstrated to our collective chagrin. Wouldn't it make more sense to celebrate the start of the new year at the start of a new season? -Deirdre Bourdet, Napa Valley Register 3/16/21

IRAN: Plan on population growth, family support approved

Iranian Parliament approved on Tuesday to implement a population growth and family support plan for 7 years to change the declining trend of childbearing. The plan stipulates health insurance for infertile couples, providing services and facilities to working women, providing health and nutrition support packages to mothers and children, educational opportunities for student mothers, providing livelihood support to families, and ongoing medical services to pregnant women. -Faranak Bakhtiari, Tehran Times 3/16/21

Nowruz 1400 celebration ceremony in Tehran

Nowruz (Persian New Year) 1400 celebration ceremony was held in Tehran on Monday evening with the presence of Iran's Minister of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Secretary-General of the UNESCO's Iran National Commission chief Hojjatullah Ayoubi, , President of ECO Cultural Institute Sarvar Bakhti, Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ali Asghar Mounesan and Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi nd a group of ambassadors of foreign countries in Tehran, artists and media people in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. -IRNA 3/16/21

Norooz: the Persian New Year

Spring is approaching, blossoms are abound, and nothing more apropos to welcome the spring vernal equinox than the Persian new year Norooz. The Persian new year ubiquitously known as "Norooz" (meaning new day) historically is a tradition that dates back to thousands of years ago. Around the first week of March, Iranians around the globe are bustling and getting ready to ring in the much awaited new year. -Tara Afshar, Los Angeles Times 3/15/21

A TOUR OF IRAN: Symphony Concert and Cultural Festival

New West Symphony's Global Sounds. Local Cultures season continues with A Tour of Iran, exploring centuries old traditions of Iranian poetic and musical cultural influences on the western world. Award-winning mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke and Iranian instrumentalists Pejman Hadadi and Masoud Rezaei join the New West Symphony on this musical voyage. -Thousand Oaks, California 3/15/21

Iranzamin Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Iranzamin (Land of the Persians) is the first survey exhibition of Persian arts and crafts acquired by the Powerhouse Museum since its founding in 1880. It explores the stories behind rarely seen artefacts from the middle of the 19th century to now, shedding light on the diverse social and cultural history of Persia - today's Iran - and its people. 3/12/21

At the Table: Nowruz, a Persian New Year Celebration

Celebrate Nowruz, or Persian New Year, with Aisan Hoss and Mehdi Parnia of Oyna Natural Foods. A festival of spring, Nowruz has been celebrated for thousands of years by Iranians and people throughout Central Asia. -Asian Art Museum, San Francisco 3/12/21

PHOTOS: Giant colored eggs in Tehran to welcome Persian New Year Norooz

To mark the beginning of the Persian New Year, also known as Norooz, visual artists in Tehran are painting large eggs to be installed in various locations in the city. This year Norooz starts on Saturday, March 20th at 2:37 AM PST. -Pantea Nikzad 3/11/21

Farhang Foundation's 12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz

Farhang Foundation is proud to present our 12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz. This year's celebrations will be conducted virtually online. We've invited artists from around the world to join us for a virtual celebration, with live performances from the United States, Europe and Iran. 3/10/21

Iran Heritage Foundation Celebrating Norouz 1400

Join us for an online celebration of Norouz, to mark the eve of a new year and a new century. Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis will give a brief introduction to the history of Norouz, a festival celebrated not only by Iranians but by many communities around the world. 3/10/21

Webinar: Cultural Connections with Iran

This webinar will focus on why it is so important to develop and maintain cultural contacts with Iran, a country often seen through a political lens. The discussion panel consists of four people with extensive experience in this area: Neil MacGregor, former Director of the British Museum; Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Curator of Middle Eastern Coins at the British Museum​; Jon Snow of Channel 4 News; and Mahrukh Tarapor, former Associate Director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 3/9/21

Istgah Orchestra performing the classic folk song "DOKHTAR-E BOYER-AHMADI" from a historic house in Tehran

"Dokhtar-e Boyer Ahmadi" originates from the Kohgiluyeh And Boyer-Ahmad province of Iran, and it is a song that is familiar to most Iranians, it was perhaps best popularized by the magical voice of the legendary Iranian opera and folk singer Pari Zanganeh. The Istgah Orchestra has rearranged the attractive melody of Dokhtar-e Boyer-Ahmadi in this special performance. We dedicate this song to all the lovers of our beautiful Iran. -Farhang Foundation 3/3/21

Photos: 'Valila' village in Savadkuh County, N. Iran

'Valila' is a village in Kaseliyan Rural District, in the Central District of Savadkuh County, Mazandaran Province, Iran. -Havva Ahmadi, Mehr 2/26/21

Photos: 10th Fajr Fashion and Clothing Festival in Azadi Tower 2

The 10th Fajr Fashion and Clothing Festival officially started at the Azadi Tower Cultural and Artistic Complex in Tehran. -Honar online 2/18/21

"I Will Never Perform Just for Women!": Golnoush Khaleghi Passes Away in Exile

Golnoush Khaleghi, first Persian woman conductor and daughter of legendary composer Rouhollah Khaleghi, passed away on February 14. She was 80. Khaleghi was the conductor of the NIRT (National Iranian Radio & Television) Choir in the 1970s. Shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution Ms. Khaleghi moved to the United States and founded the Rouhollah Khaleghi Orchestra in Washington DC to preserve Persian music. BBC's Pejman Akbarzadeh has reviewed her career. 2/17/21

Photos: Tehran Bazaar on 4th February

Although officials have warned about the beginning of the fourth wave of the coronavirus, crowds of people still go shopping in the Tehran Bazaar. The reported cases of the coronavirus are on the rise, but lots of people go shopping in this part of Tehran, while most of them do not follow social distancing and health protocols. -Erfan Khoshkhoo, ISNA 2/11/21

Persian New Year Festival to unveil 'Haftseen'art

In honor of the Celebration of Life Nowruz - Persian New Year - the third annual Arizona Persian New Year Festival will unveil interactive art installations for public viewing instead of hosting an in-person festival. -Scottsdale Independent 2/4/21

PHOTOS: Opening of "Armaghan" (gift) and "Conceptual Photo" exhibitions with works by Iranian and foreign artists

The reopening ceremony of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art was held on Thursday, January 28. Due to the observance of health protocols, a limited number of artists, officials and guests from foreign embassies participated at this event. -Honar Online 2/1/21

Photos: Sadeh Festival celebrated in Yazd

Zoroastrian Festival of Sadeh was celebrated in Yazd, Iran late on Friday with a limited audience and observing health protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic. The photos pertain to Zoroastrian Youth Club beside Zoroastrians Fire Temple in Yazd. -Masoud Mir Jalili 2/1/21

Saeidi brothers short music videos clips tuned to frantic pace of modern life

Vocalist brothers Ali and Mohammad Saeidi have initiated a plan to enrich the daily lives of those people who have little patience or spare time by recording short music videos. The music videos run less than one minute and each promotes one more Iranian art indirectly. 1/7/21

Music video of "Shahrzaad" performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Motherland's Ladies

Shahrzaad Symphony, composed by Aminollah Andre Hossein was performed by a symphony orchestra led by Nozhat Amiri and performed by 30 Iranian women musicians. The music video of "Shahrzaad" Symphony was released with the performance of the Symphony Orchestra of the Motherland's Ladies and a tribute to the sacrifices of the medical staff in the fight against Corona and in support of peace, friendship and health of the human race. -Honar Online 1/7/21

Contrary to expectations, marriage in Iran increased amid pandemic

Contrary to expectations, the marriage rate in Iran has been increasing over the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-December 20, 2020), amid the coronavirus pandemic. It was expected that the outbreak would affect the marriage rate leading to a downward trend... 1/6/21

Lincoln Tan discovers Auckland's hidden restaurant dishes - Dolmeh meals at Rumi

It is not easy getting Iranians to have Persian dinners out at restaurants, says Reza Sarkheil, because most believe the best food is found at home in their mother's kitchen. But what happens when the restaurant's chef is an Iranian woman - Reza's mum - and the dishes she cooks are from family recipes that have been passed down for generations? -Lincoln Tan, New Zealand Herald 1/6/21

Photos: Performance of 'A Season for Coronavirus'

A performance called "A Season for Coronavirus" has been put on in the most crowded streets of Ahvaz city for several nights. After Ahvaz, the performance will be put on in the streets of Kish Island and Tehran. -Alireza Mohammadi, ISNA 12/30/20

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